Gull Point Trail

EASY 6 reviews
#2 of 5 trails in

Gull Point Trail is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Erie, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
32 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

hiking
19 days ago

My favorite day use trail in the area.

Note it has been closed the entire summer of 2017 due to high waters this past winter. I tried to use it 9/2017 and it is still impassable.

The difficulty varies greatly on this trail depending upon the weather!!!! If the sand is frozen or partially frozen and it isn't windy - it's a quick easy walk. Majority of the trail is sandy if not straight sand so it can be taking on the lower legs. If it is windy- look the hell out it can be a very difficult hike. Temperatures out on the point in late winter early spring can be 20 degrees difference from a few miles away so come prepared.

That being said just incredible view. I tell people if I blind folded you and placed you at the end of the trail in January and Feb. when there are ice dunes you would swear you were in the artic circle. Incredible lake views on one side, ponds, marshes, Thompsen Bay on the other side. Tons of Wild birds, usually very few other people.

Good for hiking, snow shoes, and fishing.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
Saturday, July 09, 2016

My go to for a quick hike when I'm not up for a drive out of Erie. Gets a bit muddy in spots, but well maintained. Beautiful views of the lake and inland lagoons and great for spotting animals.

hiking
Saturday, April 18, 2015

hiking
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

This trail is rather short, only about a mile, not long enough for a serious hike. It is best to go in winter, the actual point is a protected wildlife (gull) refuge and is only allowed to be accessed during winter months when the birds are migrated south. The point is very neat, a long sandy area with a wooden lookout. If you venture out in winter, watch for crunchy ice with puddles underneath, or you'll be walking back in wet shoes.

walking
Friday, June 10, 2011

This is a trail on Presque Isle, mostly used for birding. Lots of migratory birds and endangered. Everyone's watching what the piping polvers will do! :) For the "crowds" option on here it all depends on how many people are birding that day...personally I've only seen between 1 and 3 people when I walk it, if anyone.